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Going to retweet some of the New Yorker article with parts that stuck out to me as it illustrates why I started questioning complementarianism and eventually decided this whole debate is fit only for the trash can.

This will be a thread, and probably a long one. 01/?
"For a time, Barr fell under the sway of an abusive boyfriend, who, while menacing her, spat Scripture demanding her submission. The fact that she couldn’t question him made it harder to see the abuse for what it was."

02/?
The first time I ever felt called on to use counseling training was when a young woman I worked with confided in me that her then-boyfriend was mentally, verbally, and socially cruel to her. Neither were saved, but I realized "complementarianism" had no category for this. 03/?
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I am ending my first sabbatical. It comes after a heated #SBC21, COVID19, and my twin sons leaving the nest after college graduation. It was needed.

This is a thread of some of the thoughts that I wanted to share. There just happens to be ten of them, don't read into that.
As I went from Nashville to Myrtle Beach with my family, then onto the North Georgia Mountains to be alone, and finally at my home church in Northwest Arkansas, I wrote thoughts vital to me and how I might change from them. So I call these,

#SabbaticalThoughts.
1.
I will never again waste time on people for who I will never be enough. I resolve to learn who they are quicker.

2.
The SBC is a bold family of courageous leaders that are easily swayed by whispers. I resolve to be firm.
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I feel like the #sbc21 and its aftermath - including today's plagiarism discussions - resembles far more 1 Corinthinans, "I am of Paul, I am of Apollos," than brothers in a common field.
If we are no longer in fellowship over true doctrinal issues - then we move apart. As did Paul and Barnabas at one point. Did one see either going to the Jerusalem council to slander the other?
Even in matters of true dangerous heresy - as I might argue some of the points of difference in #sbc21 are - the gnostism is denounced, and the truth proclaimed. We are called to lovingly call for repentance and clear assertions of righteousness, not character attacks
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🧵I give thanks for the #SBC21 vote for investigation of @SBCExecComm & audit re #SBC abuse. But I want to also be clear about the limitations of this vote. It carries POTENTIAL but for that potential to eventually be realized there must be bird-dogging & follow-up. 1/
The #SBC21 vote does not serve to expose a single clergy abuser or enabler; nor does it create a database of clergy predators. It doesn't provide communal validation to #SBCtoo survivors by naming their abusers. It doesn't provide any aid or therapy costs to #SBCtoo survivors. 2/
It does not make public institutional apology to any #SBCtoo survivor for grotesqueries of #SBC officials.

These much-needed steps are wholly left up in the air. Moreover, rather than helping #SBCtoo survivors, the vote is actually asking that survivors help the #SBC. 3/
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So thankful for the progress made at #SBC21 to address sexual abuse in the SBC:

1. Constitutional amendment passed making response to sexual abuse a condition of membership in the SBC

2. Vision 2025 amended to include the goal of eradicating all sexual abuse from our churches
3. Resolution passed that stated that sexual abuse permanently disqualifies a person from serving as a pastor

4. Motion made and referred to the ERLC to complete an audit and assessment of sexual abuse and response to sexual abuse in SBC churches
5. Motion for an independent investigation into the SBC executive committee's response to sexual abuse approved nearly unanimously

The work continues, but we achieved everything we set out to do in this meeting. Thankful!
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So, the uber-fundamentalists and hyper-Republicans in a splinter network of the SBC are...

*checks notes

...playing the race and gender card?

#SBC21
This is also the same group that orchestrated ways to give the Executive Committee more power, but they're complaining that the messengers have little to no power and that the Convention is run by "elites."
For the record, the SBC is more diverse than it has ever been, and the messengers soundly defeated any attempt to consolidate power at the top.

These accusations are just more attempts to divide, and are easily recognizable for what they are to anyone who was there.
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Given the media reports after the SBC annual meeting, I’ve had many ask me about my thoughts concerning a supposed “liberal drift” in the SBC. (thread)
I agree with comments made recently by some SBC leaders that the convention is indeed experiencing a drift— not toward liberalism, but rather toward fundamentalism.
The secular/leftward shift of the culture at large appears to have created a pendulum swing reacting to “errors” that are not materially existent in the SBC— a confessional body where no effort has been made to change the Baptist Faith and Message in over 20 years.
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THREAD 🧵: As a Reformed Baptist Chaplain and “outsider” watching the world’s largest Protestant denomination at their own meeting (#SBC21). I have a few things I’d like to say for those of you who actually care:

1/12
First, it is entirely disheartening to see one of the last large, strong, Christian groups succumb to the abhorrent liberalism that is creeping its way into seemingly every sphere of life.

2/12
Second, the sanctity of life was disparaged when it was not made a priority in the agenda YET AGAIN. Then even weakened the abolitionist wording of the text to the point of being incremental. Abortion at all stages, and for all reasons, is murder.

3/12
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The world was watching #SBC21 and from a non baptist here is what I saw. 1. You care more about numbers(churches/sent ppl) than you do about making sure the ones you have are biblical.
2. Emotions and experiences drove most of your resolutions. And if any came against your recommendations biblically you threw an emotional fit.
3. You did not want to call sinful things sin if it meant it could offend someone.
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#SBC21 Messengers...Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for hearing our cries and acting in support! While I am beyond elated many important steps have been taken over the last 2 days, there is so much work still left to be done...and it cannot be done by 1 person alone.
There will be a continued need for many things as we move forward with a new sense of hope...Accountability for promises made, ministering to survivors (while meeting them where they are,) continued education into trauma and how we as Christians can respond in a way that...
that honors Christ...etc.
Then, once the investigation is complete and made known, there will be many more steps needed to be taken in regards to genuine repentance & restitution along with concrete actions to prevent further harm to God's children. This is just the beginning...
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Begins with Ronnie Floyd: I hear you. The Executive Comm respects the messengers. We need this deliberative process. We know that this will make our convention stronger. #SBC21 #SBC2021 #SBCtoo #SBC
NOW: Troy Bush, whose church we covered this week, is now speaking. Accuses the executive committee of not even doing the bare minimum when "investigating" a church

"We believe that the executive comm does not have the ability to handle this task force." #SBC21 #SBC2021 @SBCtoo
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NOW: 15K Southern Baptists will debate/vote on a third-party investigation into whether top leaders sought to suppress abuse survivors/stifle reforms/intimidate leaders like Russ Moore. #SBC2021 #SBC21 #SBCtoo

It's prolly more important than you think.

Here's why:
Sex abuse has again dominated discussions here, including in yesterdays presidential election. But that was among a variety of issues at hand.

This tho? It will be a huge indicator of how much Southern Baptists are willing to put on the line re: abuse. #SBC2021 #SBC21 #SBCtoo
Over the last three years, Southern Baptists have shown they're willing to do a lot of things, so long as they are forward-looking. That's great/important.

But true repentance means rectifying wrongs committed, regardless of the toll.

That's how survivors are seeing this vote.
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🧵re @toddbenkert motion at #SBC21. It's referred to @ERLC. Todd shared this strategy with me in advance. Yes, I'm wary of ERLC, no getting around it. You know me. Long history has dug a deep well of skepticism. Still...This is something substantive & real. It's earnest effort...
...that holds POTENTIAL to bring #SBC institutional reform, accountability for abusers & enablers, and true care for survivors. The word POTENTIAL is critical. THIS IS A BEGINNING, NOT AN END. There will be many possibilities for derailment. SBCers: You must persist. #SBC21
Concerns & possible stumbling points: 1) Sooo much will depend on WHO @ERLC hires for the audit. GRACE has strong track-record of trust in survivor community. 2) Funding may be a HUGE issue. 3) Aim of this 3-yr audit is broad-spectrum data & analysis.
#SBC21
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Wednesday at #SBC21 begins with Grant Gaines speaking to his call for a third party investigation into the Exec committee and abuse.

"These are not allegations we can sweep yunder the rug. These are allegations we must get to the bottom to." #SBCtoo #SBC2021 #SBC
Gaines: "We should be bending over backwards to ensure we do everything we can."

Gaines then directs comments to survivors, tells them they matter and are worth fighting for.

A lot of applause. #SBCtoo #SBC2021 #SBC
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#SBC21 Resolution 1 was an argument for Resolution 2 (the far more controversial one) as written (not naming CRT/I). Resolution Committee leadership stated that there was a strategic order to the resolutions. A good one word amendment to resolution 1 was rejected by Resolution
Committee. That amendment would have made Resolution 2 harder to pass as written (not naming CRT/I). If you understand the logic between resolution 1 and resolution 2, then you will better understand what is wrong with the SBC. #SBC21
A Resolution on the “Incompatibility of CRT/I with the BFM2000” was not accepted but attached to resolution 2 by the Resolution Committee. The “Incompatibility” resolution had 1300+ signers. No other resolution came close to that many, most signers to others was only about 5.
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“We are a family, & at times we seem incredibly dysfunctional. But we love each other,” says @EdLitton to press. Says he feels God has called him to “help us remember again why we’re a family, and what the focus & objective is...to get the good news to as many people.” #SBC21
Says he wants to build bridges and not walls. Litton has run for president on a campaign focused on unity & healing and being Great Commission Baptists. He won 52% of votes in a run off.
Says there needs to be an independent investigation into sexual abuse cases, says SBC posture to sexual abuse survivors must be “pastoral.” Says we need to be diligent to make sure churches are safe places for protecting people who were victimized.
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Litton begins w his story of growing up in a broken home and finding God at 7. He then talks about losing his wife in a car accident 14 years ago. He then married his wife Kathy, whose husband - an SBC pastor - also died in a car accident. #SBC21 #SBC2021 #SBC #SBCtoo
Litton: We both have a profound sense of pain and suffering in our live that has changed us, and I think changed us for the better. #SBC21 #SBC2021 #SBC #SBCtoo
Litton: There are 4.5 billion people on this planet who we feel have not heard the good news of Jesus Christ... WE exalt the Gospel above all else... it means we haev to work and iron out our differences. My goal is to build bridges, not walls. #SBC21 #SBC2021 #SBC #SBCtoo
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I didn't hear the exact vote count but it was roughly a 53 to 47 percent vote split. #SBC21 #SBC2021 #SBC #SBCtoo
"We have finally, after all of these decades, begun to overturn the power structure. The messengers are listening and acting on behalf of Christ," said @ThigpenTiffany, a survivor and advocate whose abuses were mishandled by top SBC leaders. #SBC21 #SBC2021 #SBC #SBCtoo
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ITS A RUNOFF. Stone and Litton going toe-to-toe now.

Full results:

Mohler: 3764, 23.62%
Stone: 5216, 36.48%
Litton: 4630, 32.38%
Adams: 673, 4.7%

#SBC21 #SBC2021 #SBC #SBCtoo
This is precisely what many people thought would happen -- and the stakes for the SBC abuse crisis are pretty massive.

Stone has been at the center of ongoing scandals regarding allegations of coverups, intimidation by top SBC leaders.

From yesterday:

houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-t…
Meanwhile Litton has wide respect/support among survivors, advocates and pastors who've been outspoken on abuse issues.

Hard to overstate how much is on the line here. #SBC21 #SBC2021 #SBCtoo #SBC
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RESOLVED: MY computer issues. Just in time for resolutions. Tweets in thread below. #SBC2021 #SBC21 #SBC #SBCtoo
Guy at mic now reading the below tweet from a prominent, anti-CRT activist. #SBC21 #SBC2021 #SBC
LOL @david_bumg: Ive been two three different mics and Im begging you, for all that is holy, turn on the air conditioning.

The floor erupts. Sweat flies everywhere. Madness in every direction. #SBC21 #SBC2021 #SBC #SBCtoo
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Aaaaadddd the SBC presidential election is underway, beginning with HB Charles nominating Al Mohler.

I’ll be here and, believe it or not, will be tweetin #SBC21 #SBC2021
Mike Stone has been nominated by Pastor Dean Haun, who praises his years of local church service and work with the SBC exec committee. #SBC21 #SBC2021 #SBCtoo
Former SBC president Fred Luter now nominating Ed Litton, who Luter says "brings a compassionate and shepharding heart. We need a pastor who has a love for God and God's people." #SBC21 #SBC2021 #SBCtoo
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THIS AFTERNOON: Vote for @PastorMikeStone for SBC president

Pastor Mike Stone:
🔸is a pastor with years of pastoral leadership experience and a heart for shepherding a local church. The local church is the headquarters of the Southern Baptist Convention.

#SBC21
🔸 supports without hesitation the sufficiency of Scripture. His commitment to the BF&M 2000 & the implementation of this important document in Southern Baptist life will give us confidence & clarity to stand boldly for the Word of God in an increasingly anti-Christian culture.
🔸holds that the Bible is the only analytical tool he needs, leading him to reject unbiblical ideologies such as Critical Race Theory, presented to SBC Annual Meeting messengers in 2019 as a beneficial analytical tool via Resolution 9.
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#SBC21 THREAD: (skip if you’re sick of tweets about SBC)

So from what I've heard from messengers here at #SBC21, Critical Race Theory IS a big issue. But for lots of diff reasons.
One black pastor told me CRT is the "#1 issue" for him. Why? "Ask 100 ppl what CRT is, you'll get 100 diff answers." He says “many ppl want to talk, but no one wants to listen. If someone like @tomascol listened to someone who’s diff from them, they’ll better understand.”
A white pastor from Alabama says many of his church members are “very concerned” about CRT. Why? “CRT divides Christianity.” What do you mean by that? “Exactly what I said. It divides Christianity.” Didn’t explain more.
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To all of the faithful people at #SBC21. Please understand that you are being manipulated. Hannah Kate is deeply hurt woman, she needs counseling. On May 29th she very publicly abandoned the faith. Screenshot below. Now she's being used to spread division. Don't fall for it.
#sbc
Just six hours before the statement dropped she supposedly found Jesus but only after asking about smoking weed and how she would not be attending a church while in Nashville. So she abandoned the faith, planned to go to Nashville, then heard Jesus and is now attacking Mike Stone
So please don't let the division she is causing cause you to be weary of a faithful man like @PastorMikeStone.

It's sinful of men in the SBC to use the Kavanaugh/Thomas playbook of the democrats to get people to block their vote.

It's not Mike Stone causing the division here.
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